The Hellman Visiting Artist Program was created to foster dialogue between scientists, caregivers, patients, clinicians and the public regarding creativity and the brain. The 2011-2012 artist is fiddler Heidi Clare. Her style and the material that she chooses to perform keeps alive the hundreds-years-old traditions established by immigrants who came to America starting in the 17th century. Come join her for a free workshop.

Heidi Clare, 2011-2012 Hellman Visiting Artist

Heidi Clare, 2011-2012 Hellman Visiting Artist

  • Jan. 19, 2012: Dance: What Makes our Body Want to Move to the Music? workshop, Golden Gate Room in Millberry Union East (500 Parnassus Ave.), 4-6 p.m.
    Heidi Clare is a dancer as well as a fiddler. She dances in the traditional American style called clogging or flatfooting. Join her in discussing how her feet and mind respond to the music that makes her move. The conversation will be followed by a square dance (beginners welcome).
  • Feb. 16, 2012: Age and Learning Music workshop, Medical Sciences Building, Room S 118 (513 Parnassus Ave.), 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    4:30-5:30: Join Heidi Clare for a discussion panel about “Age and Learning Music” with the Wronglers & Jimmie Dale Gilmore and a few surprises. 5:30-6:30: Let’s play some music! Bring an instrument, a tune, a song, an ear, your feet…all are welcome.
  • March 22, 2012: The Logic of Music workshop, Medical Sciences Building, Room S 118 (513 Parnassus Ave.), 5-6:30 p.m.
  • May 10, 2012: Does Music Always Use the Same Part of the Brain? workshop, UCSF Neurosciences Building, 675 Nelson Rising Lane, San Francisco, 4-6 p.m.
  • June 21, 2012: Are You Tone Deaf? Do You Have Perfect Pitch? What does this Mean? workshop, UCSF Neurosciences Building, 675 Nelson Rising Lane, San Francisco, 4-6 p.m.
  • July 26, 2012: Do You Have Rhythm? Where Does it Come From? workshop, UCSF Neurosciences Building, 675 Nelson Rising Lane, San Francisco, 4-6 p.m.
  • Sept. 20, 2012: Talent or Skill? Are You Born with it or Can You Learn it? workshop, UCSF Neurosciences Building, 675 Nelson Rising Lane, San Francisco, 4-6 p.m.
  • Sept. 20, 2012: Final concert at UCSF Neurosciences Building, 675 Nelson Rising Lane, San Francisco, 6-9 p.m.

Workshop Information

The workshops are open to all who are interested and are patient-friendly. Free admission. Reserve your space at info@memory.ucsf.edu.

Directions and Parking

The parking at the Parnassus campus is challenging. There is limited 2-hour street parking. The Millberry Union Public Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. is commonly used by our visitors.